Benefits of Competition

Posted on Jan. 4, 2016
Benefits of Competition

Sports are more than just fun and games. Striving to win builds confidence, cooperation, concentration, coordination, and creativity. We have researched and compiled a list of why competition is great for your children!

Competition teaches children to take risks.

Once we realize that competition is not a scary thing, we can take risks. We can develop our confidence to do things that are out of our comfort zone.

Competition can build self-esteem.

Self-esteem cannot be handed to kids; they have to earn it. Competition is one way kids gain self-esteem. Professor Margaret Talbot, President of the International Council for Sport Science and Physical Education , once wrote that sports, dance and other challenging physical activities are distinctively powerful ways of helping young people learn to ‘be themselves’.  She suggested that these sorts of activities - when they are appropriately presented - can teach people to question limiting presumptions they might have picked up, and come to view themselves and their potential in a new way.

Competition teaches commitment.

Children will learn how to commit to important events by being involved in sports through weekly schedules. Organized sports teach kids how to be disciplined during practice, how to focus on the task, and how to have patience. Children playing sports also have to learn how to achieve balance between their schoolwork and athletics, which promotes a strong work ethic both on and off the court. Learning how to work as part of a team is an important skill for everyday life and a sports team is a great way to learn.

Competition causes kids to perform better in school.

Researchers have found moderate activity-like a brisk walk around the block increases brain activity.  When your child goes to school, this can translate into better test results. Kids who participate in team sports are also more likely to be active, hardworking students, and better future workers.

Read more about activity and performance here.

I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win.

Michael Jordan